Jack Whittam is the Equity & Wellbeing Rep on the UCSA Exec. Check out below what he has to say about the UC Club scene and how it can become a defining part of your daily life at UC.
And make sure you go along to UCSA Clubs Day being held from 11am – 2pm on 19 and 20 February on C Block Lawn.
Let’s face it, the prospect of starting University can feel as overwhelming as trying to change a tyre using a toothbrush. Yet in reality, UCSA (University of Canterbury Students’ Association) provides hundreds of support and guidance services, clubs, and special interest groups that all seek to facilitate your hauora – your wellbeing. You see, a focus on wellbeing isn’t something that deserves attention for a short period – your wellbeing is a fulltime job, 365 days a year. That’s why one of the best things you can do in your first year at uni is make decisions and take opportunities that your mind and body will thank you for!
One fantastic way to do this is by joining a club. Or two. Or ten. No, we’re not talking about the obligatory extra-curricular sign ups of high school, just to get a shiny badge for your blazer. We’re talking about over 150 clubs, appreciating everything from Canoe Polo to Curry, Backyard Cricket to the DnB frothers. We’re talking about real people connecting over real life – helping each other realise there’s so much more to your time here than a GPA and a Grad Hat. UC boasts arguably the most active student club culture in Aotearoa, so we reckon you’d be a fool to not get stuck in.
Don’t just take our word for it, come along to club’s day and see for yourself, or check out this link and get stuck in. Future you will thank you for it we promise. If you were considering skipping the UCSA Clubs day or you feel a little overwhelmed as you stroll through the hundreds of sign up stalls during O-week, don’t be shy help yourself to a snag and join those crazy students offering you this that and the next thing. This will be held 11am-2pm Feb 19-20th on C Block Lawn. Click here for a list of all the clubs you can join!
We are constantly told that your time at university is a period where you find yourself. However, were not here to fool you team, university will be hard and it will challenge you but we can guarantee that involving yourself in the UC Club scene will help you find your community and become a defining component of your daily life at uni.
UCSA Equity & Wellbeing Rep